Written by Staff: Trish McGee
For years we’ve been reading about the fact that soda in any form is ‘bad for you’. Have you ever wondered exactly why that is so?
When you drink soda, your body goes through many changes, especially the brain. The “Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior”, performed a new animal study and found that sugary beverages may be particularly damaging to the brains of adolescents.
During the research, they fed adult and adolescent rats sugary beverages for one month. They then tested all of them for for increased/decreased levels of memory and cognitive function. The results showed that the adult rats did alright. However, the adolescent rats were far from alright. They suffered from medium to severe deficiencies in memory and the ability to learning.
In study from Harvard University in 2012, researchers found that people who drank only one can of soda per day dramatically increased their risk of developing chronic heart disease (CHD). When the researchers compared them to the participants who drank the least amount of soda daily, they were 20 percent more likely to have a heart attack. “Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with increased risk of CHD and some adverse changes in lipids, inflammatory factors, and leptin,” the researchers concluded.
Scientists have now linked soda consumption elevated risks of pulmonary complications, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD). “The amount of soft drink consumption is associated with an increased chance of asthma and/or COPD,” Dr. Zumin Shi, a researcher at the University of Adelaide and lead author of the 2012 study, wrote. “There exists a dose-response relationship, which means the more soft drink one consumes, the higher the chance of having these diseases.”
Each time you have a sip of soda, sugar bonds with bacteria in your mouth, and acid accumulates. This acid weakens enamel, and over time leads to cavities. Soda also lowers the pH level of saliva, boosting bacteria reproduction, causing dental erosion. Also, contrary to belief, diet soda is just as bad.
Your Blood Sugar
Dr. Mercola came up with the following systematic process of what happens within your body when you drink soda. <Edited>
Within 20 minutes – Blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.
Within 40 minutes – Caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.
Around 45 minutes – Your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin, by the way.
After 60 minutes – You will begin to have a blood sugar crash, and you may be tempted to reach for another sweet snack or beverage.
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